"Winners, Losers, Beggars, Choosers" is one of Elliott Murphy's most visually evocative songs. In a Songfacts interview with Murphy
, he explained that he can't remember precisely what he was thinking of when he wrote a lot of his old songs, but he suspects he was talking mostly about himself.
"I saw it as a film," Murphy said, "a divorced musician and high-priced call girl, maybe, trying to escape their worlds and ending up in Venice."
While definitely being cinematic, the song bounces around a lot in telling its story. It's somewhat more of an impressionistic tale rather than a linear narrative.